Thanks Shannon and Derek for the photos!
The Lethbridge Orcas were in action two more times in the past two weeks. They competed at the Crowsnest Pass Piranhas Invitational on July 13-14 and then again at the Nanton Marlins Invitational on July 20-21. Swimmers froze and fried as temperatures ranged between 10-30 degrees Celsius at the outdoor meets. Gross team points victories marked the 25th and 26th straight Region F meets that the Lethbridge Orcas have won.
Orcas attendance was very strong at the meet, with 66 swimmers representing the Orcas. This was the second best attendance the Orcas have had in Crowsnest, just behind our club record of 73 from 2011. There were 15 aggregate medal winners at the CNP Invitational.
Hunter Lutterotti (aka: THE MACHINE) (left) ripped 3 best times in CNP and 2 best times in Nanton. 2017 Orcas Master’s Swimmer of the Year, Keith Lundquist (right), attempted the IM for the first time in Nanton placing 3rd. Will he swim this event at Regionals
Medal winners were:
In addition to strong individual point contributors, 83 individual best times were swum at the meet. Nicolas Helwig (7), Parnelle Jonker (5), and Kylie Kozub (4) were the top contributors to the best time count as they achieved best times in 100% of their individual events.
Parnelle Jonker (left) competed in her second ever meet as an Orca and swam best times in 100% of her races. Kierra Petrone (right) won her first ever aggregate medal, winning bronze in the girls 11-12 category in Crowsnest Pass
The Orcas were also very close to setting a club attendance record in Nanton. The record currently stands as 56 from 2012. In the past 3 years, the Orcas have flirted with this record, sending 53 in 2018, 52 in 2017, and 55 in 2016. This year, Orcas swimmers earned 16 aggregate medals. Medal winners were:
The smaller crew of Orcas, relative to the CNP meet, were able to earn 77 individual best times. 5 Orcas were able to achieve best times in 100% of their individual swims. These swimmers were: Isaac Friesen (6), Morganne Harding (12), Kate Machacek (6), Brent Nunweiler (34) and Jayda Tymko (10).
Aki Oshima and Jayda Tymko (left) have some fun before a race at CNP. Taya Odorski, Claire Peake, Reese Martindale, and Jocelyn Kozub (right) take a picture before crushing a relay at CNP
As the Orcas wind up their regular season, with only 1 in-season meet left in Fort MacLeod on July 27-28, there are still 2 Orcas swimmers who are undefeated this season.
Firstly, Devlan Sheppard (14) has attended every meet this season. He is undefeated through 28 events (which include every single event besides the 1,500 freestyle). Of these events, he is ranked top 8 provincially in 8 of those events.
Secondly, Coach Keeley Watt (20) is also undefeated. She has raced in 20 individual events this season. Keeley is ranked in the top 8 in 10 events and is currently ranked first in 4 events.
Birthday boy Sean Vanderzee (left) shows off the Gross Points award and candy jar from Nanton. Ottavio Lutterotti (right) is one Orca who has been nearly undefeated this season, only placing 2nd individually one time this season
Two Orcas who should receive honorable mentions in this category are Ottavio Lutterotti (10) and Petra Tymko (10). Both of these swimmers have been nearly perfect this summer, winning all but 1 event. Ottavio has 25 first place finishes and 1 second place finish in the 200 freestyle from the Pincher Creek Invitational. Petra has finished first 30/31 times this season, only losing her streak in Nanton as she came second in the 50 freestyle.
One more regular season swim meet remains for the Lethbridge Orcas in Fort Macleod, as the the Orcas will to to end what has been a very successful season on July 28-29. Following Fort Mac will be the Championship Season, as Orcas swimmers will be competing at Region F Regionals from August 10-12 in Lethbridge and the ASSA Provincials from August 17-19 in Edmonton.
2 relatively large events occurred in the past couple of weekends. The Swim Alberta Summer Championships for year-long swimmers took place over Canada Day weekend in Calgary and Southern Alberta Summer Games took place the next weekend in Taber.
As mentioned in previous articles, summer club swimmers could compete at Summer Championships if they achieved one or more “Championship Qualifying Time Standard” by June 18th, a feat that many year-round swimmers find difficult to achieve. After a mere month-and-a-half of training, 2 Orcas qualified. Jens Watt qualified in the 50 breaststroke, while Tyson Chomiak qualified in the 50 free, 100 free, and 50 backstroke. Notably, Olivia Bos achieved her time standard in the 50 and 100 breaststroke at the Lethbridge Meet on June 23rd, but could not attend the meet as it was after the qualification period.
As Watt elected not to compete, Chomiak was the lone Orca at the meet. He competed in the 50 free, 100 free, 50 back, 50 fly, and 200 IM. He raced extremely well, not showing any signs of inexperience in the 50m Olympic length pool (he had only previously swum in 25m pools, as we do in summer club). His weekend was highlighted by his swims in the 50 back and 50 free events, where he earned A and B final appearances. He ultimately finished 7th in the 50 back and 9th in the 50 free. In addition to his superb swims, he was also able to achieve Western and National age-group qualifying time standards in the 50 freestyle.
Tyson Chomiak (left) was the lone Orca at Summer Championships, capping off a great meet by achieving western and national time standards in the 50 Fr. Luca Nunweiler (right) was 1 of 3 Nunweiler’s to compete at the Southern Alberta Summer. She earned gold and silver relay medals and swam an individual best time in the 25 Bk.
47 Orcas took to Taber to compete at the Southern Alberta Summer Games on June 6th and 7th. For the 24th consecutive Region F in-season meet, the Orcas were able to capture the most team points. Highlights of the meet included a total of 109 individual best times, 105 podium results in individual events, and 11 podium results in relay events.
Ottavio Lutterotti (left) earned 5 gold medals in 5 races (4 individual and 1 relay). Taylor Ginther (right) picked up 5 medals of varying colours in 6 races
Of the 109 individual medal winners, gold medal winners in individual events were: (Note: The 6 Orcas swimmers with name in bold captured gold in 100% of their events this weekend)
Orcas who contributed most to the 109 best times, by achieving best times in 100% of their individual events were: Tyson Chomiak (15), Braeden Gaskell (9), Brent Nunweiler (34), Jake Odorski (11), Devlan Sheppard (14), John Vanden Elzen (13), Alexa Weighill (10), and Kallen Weighill (7).
John Vanden Elzen (left) and Coach Keeley Watt (right) demonstrate picture perfect breathing. John ripped 100% best times and won 5 medals this weekend. Keeley was undefeated this weekend, winning all her races. She is also 1 of 3 Orcas swimmers who are still undefeated on the season
The Orcas will be back in action this weekend as they will look to win their 25th straight Region-F meet on July 14th at the Crownest Pass Invitational Swim Meet.